Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Tea | Saffron Chai by Balaggan

Company: Balaggan Tea
Tea Type: Black
Acquired: Bought 
Buy Online: Ocado (Although you can all their Blends here)
Loose/Bagged: Loose Leaf in Tea Temples

Description: 

A truly regal and vibrant blend of finest golden tip Assam tea, saffron and sweet fennel seeds.


Fragrant & Exotic
Nothing indulges the senses and soothes the soul more than a steaming cup of chai. Every family in India makes it slightly differently but we love blending ours with the young golden tips of top-grade Assam, as they taste the smoothest. We then add the perfect balance of whole or chopped aromatic spices to deliver a fresher flavour and more authentic Punjabi experience.
Hand blended, Inspired by the Punjab, 100% natural ingredients, Premium tea leaves from ethical plantations, No preservatives or additives, No artificial colours or flavours
Ingredients: Indian Assam Black Tea (55%), Fennel (44%), Saffron (1%)



Review: 

I bought this tea at The Great British Tea Festival* in Derby. I had bought a couple of their teas last year at the same event. (I'd Picked up Chocolate Chai, Green Chai and their Tropical Chai). But I really wanted to get something that was more traditional, so had intentions of buying their Original Chai. But when I smelt this tea I just knew this is the one I'd prefer. 

This was their Stall at The Tea Festival. The colours are just incredible.

The black tea is such a good quality leaf and gives such a bold and wholesome flavour to this tea. It stands up well against other strong flavours in the blend yet mellows them all together in the same instance. 

The Fennell and Saffron are such lovely additions to this blend and being two of only three ingredients they had to be able to pack a good amount of flavour. Which they do. Saffron is truly an exceptional flavour and I don't think I've ever tried it in tea before. Saffron and Fennel are beautifully paired together. The sweetness from the fennel and the distinct spice flavour from the saffron is just perfection. 

I really loved this tea. It's a spectacular blend with bold and flavoursome notes with underlying spice and sweetness. Perfect for the colder weather. And it might be nice as a latte (if you're into that kinda thing).

Rebecca x

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Teaware | Alexander Tea Set by Viva Scandinavia



Item: Alexander Tea Set
Colour: Peppermint 
Brand: Viva Scandnavia 
Cost: £69.95
Buy Links: Online
Acquired: Gifted for Review
Materials: Porcelain and Wood
Description: Life should never be dull. Neither should your tea. Now is the time to be bold whenever you drink with the Alexander set. This tall geometric porcelain design will inspire you to make space for you favourite brew in your everyday life. 

First of all, thank you so much to Kees at Viva Scandinavia for sending me a few of their items of tea ware to review. I am absolutely blown away by their products, they're just so beautiful! 

The first item they sent me was their Alexander set, which personally, is my absolute favourite. They have this set in Peppermint (as above), Slate, Scandi Grey and Powder Brown. All four colours are very nice and well suited to this pot, but the pepperminty blue/green just spoke to me. 

The Alexander set comes with a Teapot, an inner metal infuser and 4 little teacups. The teacups are quite small, but I liked this feature. It's a perfect serving for trying out new teas or sharing with friends. After all, it's nice to take the time to enjoy tea. To sip it gently, whilst reading a good book or binging a good series. The Alexander allows exactly that. 



The pot kept the tea warm whilst serving smaller cups of tea to allow you to really taste the elements of the tea. The porcelain hold the heat of the tea really well. The shape of the teapot is very eye catching and modern. The spout isn't drip proof, but that didn't bother me. 

The feel of the teapot is a course feel, it doesn't have a smooth feel to this and that made it all the more stunning in itself. It feels handmade and rustic which I LOVED. The inner side of the teacups have been finished off so are a smooth texture you've expect to find from a teacup. You can see the shine from the teacups in the image above. 

The cost f this product is £69.95 and although i is on the pricey side I feel it's 100% worth it. You really do get what you pay for where tea ware is concerned. The more you pay the better quality you receive. The Alexander teaser feels sturdy, high quality and value for money which I think is the most important thing. The Alexander teaser also comes with a 100 day Guarantee so if anything does go wrong you'll get everything sorted. 

The teapot does get hot, which didn't bother me that much. The silicone grip around the Alexander Teapot does hold some of the heat and protect your hands, but take due care and attention when handling the pot. I also pre-warmed mine with hot water to ensure maximum heat for my tea.

Overall I'd definitely give this teaser a 5/5 for both style and usefulness.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Recipe | Mrs Claus' Banging Biscuits Custard

Happy Tuesday! And 'happy-becca-is-3-days-late-at-posting-again' woohoo! This post is in Collaboration with Kim @ Tea is a Wish - more info below.

But we got a rep package again and it contained all the new exciting Christmas blends from Leaves of the World, and I decided to go with a favourite and use Mrs Claus' Banging Biscuits in my recipe.

I absolutely love when LOTW bring out there Xmas blends and I was excited to see this return. I really miss something nice and full of flavour since going Vegan to go with my Christmas puds, so I thought I'd make my own. And VoilĂ  CUSTARD!

What You'll Need:

- 3 tbsp Cornflour/Cornstarch

- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup

- 30g Mrs Claus' Banging Biscuits Tea (or any other Chai type tea, LOTW is the better option!)

- 500ml Alpro Coconut Milk (or any preferred milk)

Instructions:

- Gently heat 500ml of your desired milk, I used Alpro Coconut Milk (the one in a carton not a tin), and add the 30g of tea leaves to the milk.

- Gently heat for around 5-10 minutes until the milk has visibly changed colour and the flavour has started to infuse.


- Pour the milk and tea leaves into a jar and leave to cool for a couple of hours in the fridge

- Once cooled take the milk mixture from the fridge and sieve

- Add your Cornflour to a pan with 3 tbsp of the tea infused milk and whisk until all combined

- When it's all combined add the rest of your milk and whilst continually whisking add the 2 tbsp of maple syrup to the mixture

- Switch to a wooden spoon and continually mix until the mixture thickens. Add more cornflour if you prefer it thicker!

- Either use now or store in the fridge in an airtight jar





If you want to try out this recipe then don't forget you can get 20% off at Leaves of the World by using TEANOMADBECCA20 at checkout. You could also use any of their christmas teas in this recipe! If you try it definitely tag me so I can see!

Mrs Claus' Banging Biscuits is a stunning spicy chai inspired blend and was one of my favourite Christmas teas of 2018. It contains: black tea, ginger, cinnamon, aniseed, peppercorns, cloves and natural vanilla flavouring.



Kim @ Tea Is A Wish has made a beautiful crumble recipe that would air amazingly well with this custard.